Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
Before embarking on the journey of protecting your child’s digestive health, you should take some time to get a better understanding of a child’s incomplete digestive system, how it works (and where it differs from an adult’s), and learn about the requirements of his nutritional needs to better meet them throughout the various stages of your child’s development.
Learn about the characteristics of children's incomplete digestive system
Learn about children's specific nutritional needs at each stage of development
At different stages of development, your growing child needs a balanced diet filled with nutrients including vitamins and minerals. These are essential and will help promote healthy growth and development in your child. Ensure that your child is well nourished by preparing meals packed full of protein, carbohydrates, fat, calcium and fibre.
In preparing healthy meals for your child, also ensure that:
Age-appropriate food and the right quantity is provided
Sufficient variety of ingredients is included in every meal
Proper feeding care and education is given, with essential nutrients for healthy development
Meals are supplemented with sufficient trace elements that aren’t found in regular foods
In addition to your child’s food and nutritional needs, general prevention measures should be taken to help protect your child’s digestive health from risk. This includes:
Ensuring environmental sanitation
Using clean water and safe tools in meal preparation
Providing routine immunisation for your child according to age schedules
Paying attention that your child is not allergic or has reactions to proteins in cow’s milk
As much as you can help to protect your child’s digestive health with preventive measures and a healthy diet, it’s also important to focus on digestive healthcare as part of your child’s overall care as there are times when some digestive issues cannot be resolved.
Should your child display symptoms of digestive disorders such as indigestion, vomiting, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or abdominal pain, early detection and treatment as advised by your child’s paediatrician is recommended. This helps prevent deterioration of your child’s condition, and enables you to make timely modifications to your child’s nutrition and diet to help manage and improve the situation.
Early detection of digestive disorders such as indigestion, vomiting, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and abdominal pain
Timely modification of nutrition and diet
Early treatment of digestive disorders under pediatrician's instruction
Focus on digestive healthcare as part of your child's overall care